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Five hurt in fire as crackers go off
Ludhiana, April 30
A city-based family’s preparations of opening a beauty parlour in Street 11, Field Gunj, here went wrong when a short-circuit triggered accidental bursting of firecrackers stored by the shop owner and left five members of the family with burn injuries.
A fireman tries to control the fire at a crackers’ shop at Street No. 11, Field Gunj, in Ludhiana A fireman tries to control the fire at a crackers’ shop at Street No. 11, Field Gunj, in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

DIG’s naib reader booked on corruption charge
Ludhiana, April 30
A couple of days after the Ludhiana Range DIG ordered the registration of a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against three Jagraon police district officials, the Jagraon police today registered a corruption case against a naib reader of the DIG.



SAD protests to EC against police, administration bias
Ludhiana, April 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has lodged a protest with the Election Commission alleging that the Ludhiana district administration was acting as extension of the Congress and was helping the Congress candidate and obstructing the campaign of the SAD candidates. Senior Akali and BJP leaders said here today, “The election observers too are behaving in a partisan manner and they are not fair and are trying to help the Congress candidate”.

Muslims demonstrate against Shahi Imam
Ludhiana, April 30
Hundreds of Muslims here today staged a demonstration against Ahmad Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi, for issuing an appeal to Muslims all over the country to vote for the Bhartiya Janata Party. They said the Shahi Imam had no business to identify the Muslims of the country with a particular political party.

Fund collectors making the most of elections
Ludhiana, April 30
Amidst the din of Lok Sabha elections, political functionaries of all levels, shades and colours are making the most in the industrial capital of the state by resorting to collection of elections funds from every conceivable source.

Rally in Tiwari’s support
Ludhiana, April 30
Hundreds of Congress workers today took out a bicycle rally in support of the party candidate from Ludhiana, Mr Manish Tiwari. The rally was flagged off by the Minister for Higher Education, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, from his Assembly constituencies Ludhiana West.

A cycle rally in support of Congress candidate Manish Tiwari in progress in Ludhiana on Friday. —  A Tribune photograph
A cycle rally in support of Congress candidate Manish Tiwari in progress

Poll Round-Up
NDA pushed farmers to bankruptcy, says Ramoowalia
Ludhiana, April 30
Lok Bhalai Party chief and Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana Balwant Singh Ramoowalia today observed that as a result of the anti-farmer and wrong economic policies of the NDA government at the Centre, Punjab farmers had been pushed to the verge of bankruptcy.

Punjab’s issues sidelined in campaigning 
Ludhiana, April 30
Campaigning in Punjab has been reduced to a personal fight between Mr Badal and his family and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The charges levelled by them against each other in newspaper advertisements are too personal, sometimes vague and many a time aggressive.

Galib refutes PVP claim of support
Ludhiana, April 30
Senior Congress leader and sitting Congress MP Gurcharn Singh Galib has strongly refuted the claims of the Purvanchal Vikas Party (PVP) candidate, Dr Janardhan Prashad Singh, that Galib had extended his support to him. Terming the episode as a ‘mischief’, Mr Galib said Dr Janardhan conned him by offering to join the Congress, but had later issued pictures to the media claiming that he had Mr Galib’s “blessings”.

’84 riots victims sore over political parties’ attitude
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 30
Victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots are unhappy over the attitude of all major political parties towards their problems. However, instead of going for a boycott they seem to be making up their minds to support an independent candidate who might raise their issue in the Parliament.

Minorities seek their rights from candidates
Ludhiana, April 30
Minorities in the city are ready to support the candidate of any party, provided they are given their rights. They are not in favour of any particular party, but what they want is that the new government should be stable and supportive and should work for the welfare of the common man.


Insurance surveyors, adjusters upset over IRDA decision
Ludhiana, April 30
The local unit of the Institute of Insurance Surveyors and Adjusters is upset over the news in various sections of the media that the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) has decided to form a new institute of surveyors on the ground that there has been a split in the institute.

Girls enjoy the rain in Ludhiana on Friday Girls enjoy the rain in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Insurance workers submit memorandum
Khanna, April 30
A delegation of insurance employees working with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) submitted a memorandum on behalf of the all-India Insurance Employees Association to Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, candidate from Ropar, and made a representation on behalf of employees of public sector companies and LIC agents for safeguarding the interests of policy holders.

Jassowal felicitated on 70th birthday
Ludhiana, April 30
The noted Punjabi folk singers like Harbhajan Singh Mann, Surinder Shinda, Ravinder Grewal, Sukhwinder Sukhi and hundreds of admirers wished Jagdev Singh Jassowal on his 70th birthday today. They presented flowers, bouquets, birthday cards and mementos to him.

Rotary Club gives shoes to poor students
Ludhiana, April 30
The local Rotary Club held a function at Government Senior Elementary School, Sarabha Nagar, here today at which a large number of Rotarians distributed about 100 pairs of new shoes among poor students of the school.
Members of the Rotary Club distributed shoes among needy students of Government Senior Elementary School, Sarabha Nagar, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by IV
Members of the Rotary Club distributed shoes among needy students of Government Senior Elementary School, Sarabha Nagar


2 held for aged couple’s murder
Ludhiana, April 30
The district police today claimed to have solved the blind murder case of an aged couple, found dead in their house in Street 4, New Madhopouri, on April 13. The police arrested two persons, one of whom was the couple’s son, Vinod Kumar, the other being his brother-in-law Vikas Kumar.

Murder accused Vinod Kumar and Vikas Kumar in police custody in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Murder accused Vinod Kumar and Vikas Kumar in police custody in Ludhiana

Three booked for abducting girl
Ludhiana, April 30
On the statement of Mr Inderjit Singh, resident of the Ranjodh Park area, the Haibowal police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 363, 366 and 120-B of the IPC against Suraj, Sudesh Sood and Varinder Sood, residents of the same locality.


Officials’ indifference irks industrialists 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 30
A number of industrialists have accused senior Punjab State Electricity Board officials of having an indifferent attitude towards their complaints regarding erratic power supply. Authorities, on the other hand, denied these charges.

Small sector hit by rising steel prices
Ludhiana, April 30
The small scale industry happens to be the worst hit in the wake of continuously rising prices of steel in the country. Various industrial associations in the small scale sector have urged the union government to fulfil its commitment to ensure that at least the small scale sector gets the raw material at reasonable prices.



He stands tall despite deformed feet
Ludhiana, April 30
With deformed feet and right hand, Mr Ramesh Kumar has been declared 93 per cent disabled. But his deformity has never deterred him from excelling in education. He stands as an example of grit and determination for many.

Mr Ramesh Kumar gives a demonstration on a science topic as he takes a class at Government High School, Salem Tabri, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by IV
Mr Ramesh Kumar gives a demonstration on a science topic as he takes a class at Government High School

Old students’ get-together today
Ludhiana, April 30
After a gap of two years, the SCD Government College is all set to revive its Old Students’ Association, with its get-together to be held here tomorrow. The association has appointed Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal its new president and Mr Daljinder Singh its general secretary. The association had been lying defunct for the past two years on account of the death of its then president, Inder Mohan Singh Grewal.


Workshop on ‘gurmat sangeet’ concludes
Ludhiana, April 30
A five-day workshop on practical training in “gurmat sangeet,” organised by the music club of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, concluded on the college campus today.


City to have  fencing academy
Ludhiana, April 30
Arrangements are being made to open a fencing academy in the city. This was stated in a press note issued here yesterday by Mr Sameer Verma, vice-president, District Fencing Association.


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